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Welcome to the July/August issue of Spotlight Magazine! Summer is here! With the end of the school term, the Euros and the Olympics on the TV and some sunshine (at the time of going to press) it feels very much like summer is really here. Of course, we must remain vigilant and continue to stay safe to protect us from rising Covid-19 infections, but everyone is now hopefully starting to feel like life is returning to normal. I’ll make no predictions about how we progress into the autumn, let’s just enjoy the summer!
There’s a bumper crop of new advertisers in this issue too, reflecting the resurgence in the local economy as restrictions in place because of the pandemic are slowly eased. Say hello to The Little Home, Niddry Castle Golf Club, Rogue, The Queens B&B and Escape MediSpa. In addition to showcasing their products and services, many of these advertisers have great offers for Spotlight readers – check out details on their pages.
Spotlight continues to work with our community partners at Queensferry Parish Church, Rotary Club of South Queensferry and the Queensferry District and Community Council to bring you news of what is happening in the area. In this issue, it is delightful to also see The Ferry Fair Festival, Kirkliston Children’s Gala, and The 21st Craigalmond Scout Group represented. By working with community groups like these, Spotlight is able to highlight events and organisations that are important to the area and inform people about news and developments. If you run an organisation or charity that would benefit from being featured in Spotlight, just drop us a line at spotlight@wordsandpicturesUK.com and we’ll happily discuss your requirements.
A special mention to long term advertisers, The Hub Community & Sports Centre and The Little Parlour, both of whom have reasons to celebrate – I’ll leave you to read all about it on their respective pages! Finally, a Scottish legend and cultural icon makes an appearance in this issue, courtesy of Rev David Cameron. I don’t think I have ever had reason to quote Oor Wullie in anything I‘ve ever published so, in a career first, I shall sign off this issue with his customary, Jings, crivvens and help ma boab! Alistair Pryde Spotlight Editor
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aturday 26th June saw the 2021 Kirkliston Children’s Gala take place at Conifox Adventure Centre for the second year running as organisers were once again forced to make changes to the programme because of Covid restrictions. A socially distanced audience of 500, all-seated, parents and family members watched as Gracious Lady, Agnes Rothney, crowned Queen Sofia Baird on stage. Also in attendance were many children from Kirkliston Primary School. This year the event was streamed live to those unable to attend in person by 21CC Group Ltd, enabling a larger audience than restrictions allowed in person. Prior to the ceremony, Queen-elect Sofia and her entourage, laid a wreath at the remembrance monument in Kirkliston Main Street. The weather was dry and the occasional glimpse of sun was reported by some members of the audience! After the ceremony, a range of entertainment and food & drink was enjoyed outdoors in the grounds of Conifox.
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mmortal words from one of Scotland’s favourite cartoon characters – none other than Oor Wullie.
He will be my guide Hold me closely to His side With love and strength for each new day He will make a way, He will make a way By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me And rivers in the desert will I see Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain And He will do something new today’
When my kids were wee I remember them sitting down together reading the latest annual of this wee Scottish legend. They were sounding out his ever-famous sayings, wrestling with the invitation for them to: ‘…take off your tacketty boots, pull up your bucket, sit on your bahookie and have a right good belly laugh as he gies it laldy.’ Not to mention the endless jeely pieces and getting involved in more than one stramash!
Time and again the words of this song come to my mind whenever I face my ‘Jings! Crivvens! An’ help ma boab!’ moments. Into the unexpected, insurmountable, uncharted moments in life, hope is suddenly born, and no, such a challenging moment doesn’t always vanish instantly - but into the mix and mayhem of the moment something new is present.
Listening to them reading it out I asked ‘have you any idea what he’s saying?’ ‘No idea!’ came the quick response, but they loved the words and seeing the pictures and were captivated by this wee guy.
This hope, that God is present, that he can make a way, that something new is possible now slowly begins to grow – hold on to it – nurture and feed it – protect it and care for it and, with the passing of time, the mountain before you quietly diminishes and the once foreboding prospects ahead seem to have shrunk.
Time and again, it seems to me, that Oor Wullie comes up with a phrase that captures one of life’s big moments,‘Jings! Crivvens! An’ help ma boab!’. We all have had - and will have - moments when suddenly we’re faced with a situation that comes out of the blue, the last thing we expected, and we have no idea how we’re going to face it, or overcome it.
Who would have thought 2000 years ago when a roving preacher, teacher and healer called Jesus found the religious and state authorities turning against him to such an extent that his life was sacrificed on a cross, who would have thought that 3 days later he would come back to life and trigger a worldwide movement of hope?
As we journey through this year which, for many if not all of us, has taken us to moments where Oor Wullie’s words fit the bill for what we’re feeling, the big question is: ‘where and what do we turn to when such moments come our way?’
Whatever mountain and moment you and yours are facing, may you, in your ‘Jings! Crivvens! & help ma boab!’ moments take the step of faith that ‘s called for and discover that God will make a way where there seems to be no way!
Singer songwriter Don Moen gave expression to where they might turn in his song: ‘God will make a way’: ‘God will make a way Where there seems to be no way He works in ways we cannot see He will make a way for me
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Caroline Gallagher, Melissa Hart, Nicola Gourlay and Yasmine Wong, aka the ‘Phone Box Fairies’ received awards for adopting disused local phone boxes as temporary Covid Community Support Facilities for donating and exchanging items such as toys, books and food.
s the Rotary year ended, the Rotary Club of South Queensferry recognised locals whose dedication, inspiration and hard work had benefited the community. President Irene Brownless said she was glad to acknowledge some of the many folk in Queensferry who strive, often unappreciated, to improve the quality of life in the town. On Monday 21st June, at Hawthornbank, recipients met to receive their awards.
Allan Drain was recognised for his longterm support of 21st Craigalmond (South Queensferry) Scout Group, fundraising for the new Scout Hall and acting as voluntary caretaker of the hall and garden. 34
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Anne Mitchell received her award for organising a wide range of programmes to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the community as convenor of Queensferry & District Community Council Health & Wellbeing Committee.
Geoff Crowe and the 21cc Group received an award for voluntary snow clearing and vehicle recovery, providing transport to Covid Vaccination Centres and assisting NHS staff and carers to get to work. Colleagues Nick Barrass and Emma McIntyre accompanied Geoff to the presentation.
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DCC has continued operating remotely throughout the pandemic, using various online tools. Monthly meetings are held on the evening of the fourth Monday of every month except December, open to the public and are currently conducted using MS Teams video conferencing. Anyone wishing to join the meeting or to raise any points should email us through our website: http://www.queensferrycommunitycouncil.co.uk/
Local policing: We met with NW Edinburgh Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor in June to discuss a number of issues. Late night and other traffic behaviour, 101 response, local officers presence and general communication. Police are aware of all the issues and moves are being made to address them. Community policing budget has been cut significantly and officers and staff are no less vulnerable to Covid isolation requirements than anyone else, putting additional pressure on the service. However, despite this, actions are being taken to increase presence effectively in the area. Please continue to report incidents using 999 (emergency), 101 (non-emergency), the online Police Scotland contact form or email the local team at EdinburghCPTnorthwest@scotland.pnn. police.uk
Planning: No major change since last Spotlight update, major housing developments in construction at South Scotstoun and Ferrymuir; two more in the pipeline at Springfield and Builyeon Rd (mixed use) subject to approval, and Scotstoun House (Arup site) is being considered for housing. Details of those and other developments available in our monthly newsletters on our website. The next phase of developments under City plan 2030 is due before the council in the autumn.
Education & Recreation: Great to see the new QHS Leisure facilities (pool, gym, badminton) open over the summer school holidays. Please make full use to demonstrate demand, this will support us in negotiating for more facilities but equally hinder us if underused. Book through https:// www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/venues/ queensferry-high-sports-complex
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Environment: Thanks to CEC for the repairs to Jacob’s Ladder and for supply of a number of plants which Friends of Ferryglen, GreenFerry & CleanFerry have planted in the High St and around the town.
Finally, congratulations to two of our community councillors, Diane Job and Anne Mitchell who, along with well deserved others, received Rotary Club Awards for services to the community, both well earned and great to see their invaluable, selfless work for the community acknowledged.
Queensferry Harbour Update It has been relatively quiet around the harbour, quiet in the sense of boat activity however we continue to see, and welcome, the many visitors who stroll around the harbour walls every day. All the Queensferry Boat Club (QBC) and other boats are back on their moorings. There are a few gaps where some of our boats are away visiting other harbours and lochs but basically we are up to speed for the sailing season. Sailing is fine sport and it can be entertaining for spectators watching hobby sailors at work especially if they misjudge the time of low water and arrive too early or too late to moor up. There has been no recent action on the planned repair work and finding out the status of the work is proving to be problematic. The main concern of the QBC and our Community Council (QDCC) is for the safety of people in and around our harbour, this is and always was our paramount consideration. The remedial repair work is a vital component to ensure that the harbour is as safe a place as possible, meanwhile I would like to remind everyone to take great care around the harbour area. A wee note for the kids: If you see a pirate flag flying from a boat mast don’t worry, we are not “real” pirates. (yo ho!) Muir Kay, QBC Commodore
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